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Powertech mulls whether to appeal Colorado ruling

DENVER (AP) -- Powertech Uranium Corp. is reviewing whether to appeal a judge's dismissal of its challenge of the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board's rules.

Powertech attorney John Fognani said Monday the company is disappointed by the judge's decision.

The company had envisioned having a mine in northern Colorado, where it would pump treated water underground to dissolve uranium and then pump it to the surface. It challenged new state requirements, including that it return the groundwater to its original purity when the process is completed.

Powertech alleged violations of the State Administrative Procedure Act, but a Denver judge on Friday rejected the company's lawsuit challenging the rules.

The company said in October it was deferring its activities in Colorado and focusing on another project in South Dakota.